Apple’s M1 MacBooks Are Exactly The Same As Their Predecessors iFixit Confirms

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Apple’s M1-powered MacBook Pro and MacBook Air aside from a new processor, cooler, and somewhat different battery, the new laptops remain almost exact to their predecessors.

Beginning with the MacBook Air, its most significant change under the hood is that it’s doesn’t have a fan. Apple substituted it with an aluminum heat spreader instead, which iFixit says needs less maintenance.

According to the new report, there’s a thick cold plate over the M1 processor which extracts heat through conduction to the laptop’s flatter and cooler side, enabling it to radiate away safely. Since there’s no fan, it might take longer for the MacBook Air to chill but by nixing heat pipes and a vapor chamber, the heat sink has “more body to saturate with thermal energy.”

iFixit also said that without all those aforementioned parts, there’s nothing to break. And, the only thing you’ll really need is new thermal paste every now and then. As for the rest of the MacBook Air’s parts, everything is exactly the same as its predecessor aside from a new battery model with somewhat different specs.

MacBook Pro is the same story, which has even less internal changes related to its predecessor than the Air does. But unlike the Air, the Pro still comes packed with a fan and it’s the exact same one located on the Intel-powered MacBook Pro.

The M1 chip comes packed with a 5-nanometer process that’s also seen on the A14 Bionic chip in the iPhone 12 models. It also comes with an 8-core CPU and the option to pick between a 7-core or 8-core GPU when buying either the MacBook Air or Pro.

It also comes with the “integrated” memory chips as seen on the 2020 iPad Pro. With both MacBooks, you can update the base model from 8GB of memory to 16GB with a tag of $200.

iFixit said that with these integrated chips each part of the M1 can “access the same memory pool without having to copy or cache the data in more than one place,” and it also speeds and efficient. However, users are still fastened into a specific amount of storage and memory, which means they’ll probably have to update their gadget sooner rather than later.

As for iFixit’s final thought. Well, they’re clearly halfway between satisfied and disappointed. While the M1-powered chips are evidence of Apple’s hard work and creating even more complex computers in the future, these MacBooks are absolutely hard to repair with a third party tech and gadgets.


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